Linked by Hadrien Grasland on Sat 8th Jan 2011 19:28 UTC, submitted by sjvn
GNU, GPL, Open Source Some people swore to me that just because the free-software General Public License (GPL) clashes with the Apple App Store's Terms of Service (ToS), didn't mean that Apple would actually pull down GPLed apps. Well, Apple just did. Remi Denis-Courmont, a Linux developer of the popular VLC media player, has just announced that Apple had pulled the popular GPLed VLC media player from its App Store.
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RE[4]: That isn't quite right
by bassbeast on Wed 12th Jan 2011 07:12 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: That isn't quite right"
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2007-11-11 don't actually know how GPL app development WORKS, do you? VLC was written by dozens of different developers over the years, some staying, some going, some only adding code to fix a single problem that bugged them.

Now because ALL those developers ONLY agreed to sharing their code under the GPL they would now have to hunt down every. single. one. of those developers, ask them if they would allow it to be released under BSD or public domain, and if they said no REWRITE those chunks of code. Now considering we have had at least two of the long term developers say NO, you are looking at probably a good 20-25% of the code right there that would have to be clean room rewritten.

In the end thanks to the community nature of GPL you can pretty much write off ever having ANY GPL code in iOS thanks to Apple's love of DRM. Now as I said I'm a Windows guy, been selling and servicing Windows machine since Win 3.1x, and I have NO problem with proprietary software. What I DO have a problem with is someone saying that Apple should be allowed to skirt the license because...well they are Apple. I know that isn't what you said but in the Apple forums that is heard often.

But theft is theft, and the ONLY way you are allowed to distribute GPL code is to follow the rules of the GPL. Otherwise it is NO different than reselling hot Windows software. If you don't follow the license you are stealing the software PERIOD, and Apple loves DRM too much to follow the license.

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RE[5]: That isn't quite right
by vtolkov on Wed 12th Jan 2011 08:10 in reply to "RE[4]: That isn't quite right"
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I would prefer GPL to be changed, making it more flexible and reasonable, closer to LGPL or BSD, not App Store rules, in this particular case.

IANAL, but GPL is a kind of license, which is impossible to follow literally at all without going to the "don't ask, don't tell" mode. For example, It prohibits any limitations to distribution of GPLed software except itself. But we live in a real world, where are different states with their constitutions and legislatures. So, for example, there are export limitations. So it makes GPL software illegal in entire country, because its law adds additional limitations above GPL.

For myself, I've decided the less I'm dependent from GPL3 software, less problems I'll have. I also have some principles, and they also can conflict with GPL absolute superiority.

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